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A Relaxing, Quiet Stay at The Scottsdale Resort

Nestled in a quiet corner of McCormick Ranch beneath and surrounded by rolling golf greens, the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center is an idyllic southwestern hacienda. My mother and I decided a quick, spontaneous staycation was imperative this weekend, and with sweet summer deals, the Scottsdale Resort, on a weekend of what we describe as beautiful drizzling rain and relieving, cool temperatures was the perfect choice.

fcc2ea60f26911e2a28422000a1f8f08_7I had never been to the Valley treasure, with its adobe walls and grand maple staircases and quaint, four-star eateries. We had choices like the Palm Club Restaurant or Vista Verde, but we wanted to relax, so we headed to roomy, comfortable lounge Sangria’s, which has thick, cognac leather chairs, huge pool tables, tall bars for big groups and a romantic patio. Due to the 80-degree temps and tolerable humidity we enjoyed a sunset dinner on the porch, which under tall trees softly sits next to where the golf course slopes to the edge of the facility. We took advantage – no shame here! – of the $5 happy hour Sangria’s has from 3 – 6 p.m. daily, sipping on sweet white sangria and margaritas.

SWFIMG_120810_15444058_HB16VI haven’t waited a half hour after eating before swimming in years, so we headed to the lengthy lap pool in the resort courtyard with the ivy and magnificent, crawling shade trees (excuse me that the names of these trees slips my mind) for a dip before the sun went down. It was a little warm in the hot tub, but honestly, I never say no to a jacuzzi, so after a lap or two we relaxed in the whirlpool with a drink (hey – it’s summer) in hand.

As the sky grew dark and more clouds moved in, we settled back in our homey room on delicious feather pillows. The rooms are warm and inviting, like one is nesting in an uncle’s chateau somewhere deep in the desert, maybe deep in the past, but nothing is dated or dark. Obviously, it sounds like I like to relax, so relax is what we did, and I admit I may have fallen asleep pretty early (blame in on the drinks). In the morning, light sun streamed through the wooden shutters, masked by those ephemeral trees in the courtyard below. I had to head to work (here I am!) but I sincerely want to visit again.

Oh, and there was a Hershey’s convention going on the whole time. It.was.awesome.

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Interested in staying at The Scottsdale Resort? Click here.

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A Relaxing, Quiet Stay at The Scottsdale Resort

Nestled in a quiet corner of McCormick Ranch beneath and surrounded by rolling golf greens, the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center is an idyllic southwestern hacienda. My mother and I decided a quick, spontaneous staycation was imperative this weekend, and with sweet summer deals, the Scottsdale Resort, on a weekend of what we describe as beautiful drizzling rain and relieving, cool temperatures was the perfect choice.fcc2ea60f26911e2a28422000a1f8f08_7

I had never been to the Valley treasure, with its adobe walls and grand maple staircases and quaint, four-star eateries. We had choices like the Palm Club Restaurant or Vista Verde, but we wanted to relax, so we headed to roomy, comfortable lounge Sangria’s, which has thick, cognac leather chairs, huge pool tables, tall bars for big groups and a romantic patio. Due to the 80-degree temps and tolerable humidity we enjoyed a sunset dinner on the porch, which under tall trees softly sits next to where the golf course slopes to the edge of the facility. We took advantage – no shame here! – of the $5 happy hour Sangria’s has from 3 – 6 p.m. daily, sipping on sweet white sangria and margaritas.

SWFIMG_120810_15444058_HB16VI haven’t waited a half hour after eating before swimming in years, so we headed to the lengthy lap pool in the resort courtyard with the ivy and magnificent, crawling shade trees (excuse me that the names of these trees slips my mind) for a dip before the sun went down. It was a little warm in the hot tub, but honestly, I never say no to a jacuzzi, so after a lap or two we relaxed in the whirlpool with a drink (hey – it’s summer) in hand.

As the sky grew dark and more clouds moved in, we settled back in our homey room on delicious feather pillows. The rooms are warm and inviting, like one is nesting in an uncle’s chateau somewhere deep in the desert, maybe deep in the past, but nothing is dated or dark. Obviously, it sounds like I like to relax, so relax is what we did, and I admit I may have fallen asleep pretty early (blame in on the drinks). In the morning, light sun streamed through the wooden shutters, masked by those ephemeral trees in the courtyard below. I had to head to work (here I am!) but I sincerely want to visit again.

Interested in staying at The Scottsdale Resort? Click here.

Top 10 Accommodations: Scottsdale Hotels & Resorts (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 10 Accommodations: Scottsdale Hotels & Resorts (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 10 Scottsdale Hotels & Resorts — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa

34631 N. Tom Darlington Dr.,
Carefree, AZ 85377
480-595-3500
theboulders.com
Experience an undeniably unique sense of place astonishingly in tune with the environment. Untouched. Unspoiled. The Boulders provides a luxurious natural refuge immersed within two Jay Morrish championship golf courses. Enjoy a striking destination inspired by the extraordinary landscape, melding the offerings of thrilling outdoor recreation and renowned spa treatments, with the unsurpassed beauty of the Sonoran Desert.


Camelback Inn, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa

5402 E. Lincoln Dr.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
480-948-1700
camelbackinn.com
The much-anticipated $50 million renovation of Camelback Inn, a JW Marriott Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona has been unveiled. An enchanting haven of AAA Five-diamond hospitality and Southwestern charm is yours to rediscover: the hacienda-style entry and lobby, spectacular new restaurants, grand courtyard and the all new 20,000 square foot Arizona Ballroom await. Experience Scottsdale’s most celebrated Spa Camelback Inn or challenge your game on 36-holes of championship Arizona golf.


Fairmont Scottsdale

7575 E. Princess Dr.,
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
480-585-4848
scottsdaleprincess.com
Offering one of the best spas in North America, two award-winning restaurants, meeting facilities and two 18-hole championship golf courses — one of which is home to the Annual PGA Tour Waste Management Phoenix Open (formerly the FBR Open).


Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr.,
Scottsdale, Arizona 85262
888-207-9696
fourseasons.com/scottsdale
High in the Sonoran Desert, in the cooling foothills of Pinnacle Peak, relax in Southwestern-style casitas, dine with heartbeat-skipping views, bask in sun-drenched weather and astonishing scenery, and rise to the challenge of golf at Troon North.


Hotel Valley Ho

6850 E. Main St.,
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
866-882-4484
hotelvalleyho.com
Originally built in 1956, the hotel re-opened in 2005, following extensive renovations. Features include a full-service spa boutique and a pool. Restaurants include the hotel’s signature restaurant, Cafe ZuZu.


Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch

7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Scottsdale, Arizona 85258
800-233-1234
scottsdale.hyatt.com
Discover your own perfect hotel stay with championship golf, Spa Avania, water playground or Camp Hyatt Kachina. Expansive meeting facilities are just minutes away from the area’s major attractions.


The Phoenician

6000 E. Camelback Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-941-8200
thephoenician.com
This AAA 5 Diamond award-winning property offers luxurious casitas, suites and guest rooms; one of America’s best resort golf courses; The Centre for Well-Being spa; tennis complex; nine swimming pools and elegant dining venues.


Talking Stick Resort

9800 E. Indian Bend Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
877-724-4687
talkingstickresort.com
Offering distinct comfort and the most contemporary appointments, all Talking Stick Resort guest rooms and hotel suites exude the flavor of Scottsdale and the Southwest with a modern flair.


W Scottsdale

7277 E. Camelback Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-970-2100
whotels.com/Scottsdale
Sizzling hot and sparkling cool, W Scottsdale is infused with natural water elements flowing with meditative energy surrounded by exhilarating arts, sophisticated shopping, destination golf and a pulsating nightlife in our most livable city.


Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

6902 E. Greenway Pkwy.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
480-624-1000
kierlandresort.com
Come wander the groups of this desert oasis. Explore its hidden corners. Discover its intimate treasures. Enjoy desert-inspired treatments at Agave, The Arizona Spa, 27 holes of championship golf, waterpark, award-winning dining and nearby upscale shopping.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

 

Spa Avania - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Spa Avania, Xona Resorts Suites Gain Exposure

Ahhh, Spas: One Scottsdale spa destination — Spa Avania — gains national exposure, while another — Xona Resorts Suites — strives for more with marketing efforts


National Exposure: One of the Best

Spa AvaniaSpa Avania at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa has been named by Travel + Leisure Magazine readers, in its 16th Annual World’s Best Awards 2011 Readers’ Survey, as the No. 1 hotel spa in Arizona based on its ambiance, treatments, service and values, as well as ranking 14th overall among hotel spas in the U.S. and Canada.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be honored, and the people who rated us, more than anything else, have experienced Spa Avania and realized how special a spa it is,” says Angee Smithee, director of Spa Avania. “There are so many spas in the Valley of the Sun and there are so many great ones, but I think that the philosophy that Spa Avania was built upon really makes it special, and those kind of honors … you can’t buy them.”

Spa Avania offers various unique spa treatments, mineral water therapy — a 16,290-gallon outdoor heated mineral pool that helps enhance the immune system, among other benefits — seven different music zones to match specific body rhythms, a range of exotic and classic teas, natural lighting and more.

“The ambiance combines the best elements of indoor-outdoor experiences,” Smithee says. “When you talk about ambiance and treatment, and the service and value, when you put all these elements together, you create an experience, and that’s what makes us unique.”

While Smithee says Spa Avania & Hyatt Regency experienced a great summer by “building up the local market and embracing the Arizona residents,” it’s during the fall and winter seasons when they receive out-of-state visitors.

“You start seeing the east coast travelers from New York and Chicago,” says Ann Lane, senior director of advertising and public relations. “We always have stays from our California neighbors, but you’ll start seeing the East Coast factoring in a lot more. You will also start to see from a group-travel standpoint more incentive travel, more corporate travel, where in the summertime they tend to go to other locales.”

For more information about Spa Avania at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa, visit scottsdale.hyatt.com or call (480) 444-1234.

Spa Avania at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa

7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd.
(480) 444-1234
scottsdale.hyatt.com


Gaining Exposure: Becoming a Competitor

Xona Resort SuitesWith the many other resorts in the area, competing can be tough, especially for an independent, boutique hotel. According to Bruce Pittet, general manager of Xona Resorts Suites, a 14-acre Scottsdale hotel resort, this can be considered “a competitive disadvantage in the North Scottsdale marketplace as the majority of the hotels (in the area) have some sort of brand affiliation.”

This is why Xona has joined forces with Ascend Collection and its membership program. The program is an upscale network of historic, boutique or unique hotels located in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. Xona is the first Arizona hotel to become a part of the program.

“(The program) was designed specifically for travelers who appreciate an upscale hotel with strong local flair,” Pittet says. “We believe it’s a perfect fit for Xona.”

With more than 13 million members in Choice Privilege network, Pittet says, “Ascend Collection will help Xona increase its visibility and introduce us to a new customer base.”

With this membership, Pittet anticipates Xona increasing the number of guests staying at the hotel in both the short- and long-term, allowing them to broaden their reach and effort in attracting new guests.

The Ascend Collection helps Xona increase its online visibility, too, with the hotel now found on Ascend’s website, which is one of the most visited websites in the hotel industry, Pittet says. Xona also hopes to increase its advertising on Ascend’s various online sales channels.

Xona Resorts Suites has recently undertaken a renovation project, enhancing the technology available, along with other improvements and additions. Xona offers four pools, 7,500 square feet of meeting space, suites ranging from one  to four bedrooms, comfortable pricing, with quick access to championship golf courses, shopping and fine dining.

Xona Resort Suites of Scottsdale

7677 E. Princess Blvd., Scottsdale
(888) 222-1059
xonaresort.com

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011